HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors

October 25, 2013 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed his decision to go with second-year big man Joel Freeland over fellow second-year center Meyers Leonard, the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, as the backup to starter Robin Lopez after practice Friday. "Joel's earned his minutes," Stotts said of the 26-year-old British big man. "We need defense from that position. ... Joel's earned it. He's had an impact on the game defensively and he's had a really good summer." Oregonian

October 18, 2013 Updates

His play hasn’t been eliciting oohs and aahs during games. His contributions barely stand out on box scores. But one consistent trend has developed during the Blazers’ training camp: Joel Freeland is quietly playing well. “He’s my MVP right now,” Batum said. “He’s one of the best players right now of the camp. Joel is playing good, especially on defense.” Oregonian

October 12, 2013 Updates

After speaking with a source close to DleagueDigest.com, Portland is likely to send EJ Singler, Dee Bost, and Richard Howell to Idaho for the start of the season, allowing Portland the decision of keeping Freeland. Will Freeland ultimately find a spot on Portland’s depth chart? The forthcoming set of preseason games, will play a large role in determining Freeland’s future with Portland. D-League Digest

July 28, 2013 Updates

Great Britain's men's basketball team will have to cope without both of their big NBA stars as they bid to make the most of their funding reprieve at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia in September. Portland Trailblazers' Joel Freeland has cited NBA commitments as his reason for withdrawing from the squad, which was already without Luol Deng due to a bout of ill health. The GB men's basketball programme won its appeal against a funding cut in March and was awarded £7million over three years by UK Sport - provided it fulfils the funding body's strict performance criteria. Freeland said: "It is a tough decision for me because I have been with GB for everything up to this moment. "I remain fully committed and very motivated to continue to be a part of the national team and continue to help build the programme in an effort to take it as far as we possibly can." London Evening Standard

July 19, 2013 Updates
July 17, 2013 Updates

Near the end of the regular season, Freeland mentioned this to his European agent, Rafa Calvo, and Calvo dug up an article Collison had written for GQ Magazine in 2012 titled: “How To Survive in the NBA When You’re Not a Superstar.” During the final season of his All-American career at Kansas, Collison averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. But when he arrived in the NBA, he quickly learned he would need to create a new identity if he wanted to last. “The guys who have success in the league and stick around are the ones who understand how to make themselves valuable to an organization,” Collison wrote in the magazine, before adding.”If you can become really good at things like screening, passing, defending pick and rolls, communicating, boxing out and rotating defensively, you can have a huge affect on your team winning a game. If those parts of your game become a habit and you develop consistency, you are going to be valuable to your team and have a long career.” Oregonian

July 10, 2013 Updates

Freeland wore glasses for three of four years as a child, but ditched them when he was 12 and has grown accustomed to seeing — and playing — with suspect vision ever since. About four years ago he decided he wanted to try life with contact lenses, but encountered a problem. “My iris is so big I couldn’t find any,” Freeland said. “The new contacts are like twice the normal size of most contact lenses. I couldn’t find anywhere in Spain or England that had them in my size.” Oregonian

But about six weeks ago, when Freeland returned to Portland to participate in voluntary offseason workouts with some of his second-year teammates, he found an optometrist that could make special lenses. There was an adjustment period at first — Freeland endured headaches as the world opened up more clearly around him — but he’s slowly becoming more comfortable with his new vision. Oregonian

July 5, 2013 Updates
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March 7, 2013 Updates

“You want to just quit living at 26? Sheesh,” Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts said. “Everybody has room to grow. I think for him, it's more about improving in the context of the NBA game. He has defined skills, he's a good mid-range shooter, he works hard, he's physical and has good quickness. It's just a matter of him learning the speed and quickness of the NBA game.” Freeland isn't buying that ceiling stuff, either. “A ceiling is what you make it,” Freeland said. “I don't believe in it. Everyone has their limits, obviously. The ceiling for everybody can be anything. You never know what that ceiling is going to be.” CSNNW.com

December 15, 2012 Updates

CSNNW.com was able to reach Trail Blazers' General Manager, Neil Olshey regarding the matter. "Joel and Victor traveled to Boise with Jay Triano, had great attitudes and expressed their excitement to him about the opportunity to play", Olshey said. "I spoke with Joel this morning and he enjoyed the experience last night and was glad to be back on the floor playing basketball. "We will continue to utilize the Idaho Stampede whenever we feel the development of our players will be accelerated by the opportunity to play game minutes in a competitive setting." CSNNW.com

Joel Freeland's camp is not happy with the D-League assignment. "It makes no sense for him to play there in order to adjust to the NBA considering he has been one of the top big men in the Euroleague for three years," agent Rafa Calvo told HoopsHype. "It would make more sense if he had been injured and needed games to get into rhythm. Anyway, we want to be positive about it. Let's hope we're wrong and this helps the Blazers regain the faith they've always proved to have in Joel." Sulia

December 11, 2012 Updates
December 2, 2012 Updates

The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

November 27, 2012 Updates

The other day, as the Blazers were walking to the team bus after landing in Brooklyn to start their season-long seven-game trip, Stotts quipped to Freeland: “They don’t have players like Jermaine O’Neal in Europe, do they?” When Freeland had last played, against the Suns, the aging O’Neal had partied like it was 1999, scorching Freeland and the Blazers with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. “I just laughed and I said, ‘No,’” Freeland said, revealing his reply to Stotts. “In Europe you don’t have players like that. And, pretty much, the NBA is full of players like that — and better. Like I said to Coach, when I came over here, I expected to be doing more than I’ve been doing. But now I know that this is a tough, tough league and, basically, I’m having to learn everything over again.” Oregonian

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